Where Is Jinder Mahal From? Is He A Sikh Or Related To The Great Khali?

Over the years, the Americans and the Europeans have dominated the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and other wrestling companies thus making the industry look exclusively made for them. But thanks to the likes of The Great Khali and Jinder Mahal who still dominate therein and have proven that other continents can have a bite in the coveted sports – thus changing the narratives.

Jinder Mahal is less than a decade in WWE but his achievements in this short period are quite enormous. For three times consecutively, he defeated Randy Orton, a revered WWE fighter to prove his strength in the ring. Stay on the page to know where Jinder Mahal hails from and if he is related to the Great Khali.

Where Is Jinder Mahal From?

Jinder Mahal is an Indian-Canadian wrestler signed to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Company. The skillful wrestler was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on July 19, 1986, after which he was named Yuvraj Singh Dhesi. Jinder Mahal is of Punjabi Sikh origin and speaks Punjabi, Hindi, and English very fluently.

The reasons behind his career choice may not be farfetched having been born into a wrestling family. He received training including Martial Arts at his home city of Calgary. Professionally, he was trained by the likes of Allen Coage, Gery Morrow, and Ric Bogner. Academically, we have it on good authority that he attended the University of Calgary where he bagged a business degree in communications and culture.

Jinder debuted in Premier Martial Arts Wrestling (PMW) with the stage name, Raj Dhesi before he headed to the revived Stampede Wrestling. With the stage name of Tiger Raj Singh, he won various tag team championships in Stampede and in Prairie Wrestling Alliance (PWA), teaming up with his cousin named Gama Singh Jr. He won the PWA heavyweight Champion from 2008 up until January 2010 before heading to WWE.

His entry into WWE was made possible after he successfully concluded the WWE’s developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) which earned him a developmental contract with FCW in February 2010. He made his WWE debut on the April 29, 2011 episode of SmackDown. On his first televised match on June 17 episode of SmackDown, Jinder defeated Vladimir Kozlov, not long after that, precisely on  September 5 episode of Raw, Jinder had his first taste of defeat when he was paired with The Great Khali and lost to WWE TAG Team Champions Eva Bourne and Kofi Kingston in a non-title match.

He would form a three-man wrestling team with Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater known as 3MB. The team blended and won many matches including the match against Team Co-Bro (Santino Marcella and Zack Ryder). Jinder Mahal wrestled in the WrestleMania XXX’s André the Great Memorial battle royal on April 6, unfortunately, he was eliminated by Mark Henry. On June 12, 2013, his contract with WWE came to an end and he left.

When out of WWE, Jinder wrestled in Reality of Wrestling (ROW) and World Wrestling Council (WWC) as well as Qatar Pro Wrestling (QPW) where he ended up as a runner up. He also featured in the Japanese promotion Inoke Genome Federation (IGF) as well as The Great Khali’s wrestling promotion Continental Wrestling Entertainment (CWE) in India.

Upon his return to WWE on July 27, 2016, his winning streak continued. He has so far been victorious in crucial matches defeating even Randy Orton on several occasions; firstly in a six-man tag-team, secondly in Backlash event to lift the WWE Championship title, and thirdly in Money in the Bank match and lastly in a Punjabi Prison match where he was obviously helped by The Great Khali.

His WWE career has seen him named Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2017), with many titles to show for it which include WWE Championship, WWE United States Championship, and twice WWE 24/7 Championship. On June 28, 2019, the Indian-American wrestler sustained a knee injury that would sideline him for six to twelve months.

Is He A Sikh Or Related To The Great Khali?

Jinder Mahal
Jinder Mahal and his mentor The Great Khali image source

Undoubtedly, Jinder Mahal is Sikh. Sikhs are people associated with Sikhism, a monotheistic religion that originated in the 15th century, in the Punjab region in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, based on the revelation of Guru Nanak.

His rumored relationship with The Great Khali as his brothers-in-law (on the ground that Jinder Mahal is married to The Great Khali’s sister) is nothing but hoax and delusion.

In fact, putting the records straight according to the information available to the media, Jinder Mahal is still very much single. The only relationship he has with The Great Khali is a professional relationship owing to the fact that both are from India and have made it to the WWE. Jinder admitted that he has always looked up to The Great Khali as a big brother, mentor, and guide.

On his own, The Great Khali has assured his Indian fans that he would not be the last famous wrestler that would come from India, thus his support for Jinder Mahal and many other wrestlers that would come from India. He has also set up a wrestling school in India to raise great wrestlers from his native country.


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